Each of our programs involves homestay with a local host family. Living and sharing your experience abroad with a host family is one of the important highlights of studying overseas. In fact, this can be the most enriching and lasting aspect of studying in a foreign country. Many students often maintain relationships with their host families well beyond the conclusion of the program. Our host families make up an important part of our team. They are carefully selected and interviewed, and have extensive prior experience.
Three meals a day are provided and these are a great way to spend time with your family and experience the local cuisine. We can accommodate any dietary requirement, such as kosher, vegan, and vegetarian. While traveling on weekend excursions, your host family will prepare you a snack or lunch. Your onsite director will inform you which meals will be included during your excursions.
Sol Education Abroad recognizes the importance of knowledgeable, friendly, and well trained onsite staff. Our onsite directors and staff are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist you with any needs. Our goal is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible while abroad.
Travel outings are fundamental and included in all programs. We carefully choose weekend excursions that allow you to discover more about the country in which you are studying. We select trips based on cultural and educational importance or sites of natural beauty. All entrance and transportation fees are always included.
Cultural activities are an integral part of the Sol Education Abroad experience, providing you further exposure to the language and cultural facets of the country. Cultural activities are planned each week; examples include cooking and dance classes, city tours, museum visits and much more!
If you are interested in volunteer and community service the onsite staff in Granada can give you ideas on how to find placements. The best option for volunteer and community service is the internship course that we offer during the semester at the University of Granada. This is a 45 or 120 hour course that can be one of the 4 or 5 classes you select during the semester program. More details can be found under "Semester Program" on the Academic Overview section of the website.
When you arrive at your study abroad destination, our onsite staff will provide you with a welcome orientation. This will cover important topics such as health, safety, academics, host families, and cultural awareness, and end with a tour of your host city. We will help you exchange money and get a phone card as well.
We welcome you to your host city with a reception meet other participants and your directors. And, of course, a farewell event is provided as a chance to say goodbye to friends and celebrate your new experience.
Interaction with locals is an important aspect of our language program. We strive to create cultural and language exchange opportunities at each of our sites. In Granada, we collaborate with a local English institute to set up language exchange opportunities with their students.
We accept any financial aid or scholarships and will assist you with any necessary paperwork. For more information on the process and a complete list of scholarship opportunities, please see our SCHOLARHIPS page.
Your language level is evaluated upon arrival at all program locations. We measure your ability by a written placement exam or an oral exam with local professors. The language assessment is intended to ensure you get the best Spanish training possible while attending our program. For some sites, a written placement exam may be given prior to your departure overseas.
Programs under 90 days (such as summer or winter break) do not require a Spanish Student Visa. For semester programs over 90 days, we will provide you with the instructions for applying for the Spanish Student Visa. We will also handle obtaining and mailing to you the enrollment letters from the University of Granada. It is your responsibility to complete the actual requirements and to pay any fees related to obtaining the Spanish Student Visa.